Former manager Helen Fallding, Corey Petsnik, CHRR founder Karen Busby, Sue Ahn, Denise McInnes, Menal Al Fekih, Victoria Davies

Address: Room 442, Robson Hall, 224 Dysart Rd., University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2. Fax: 204-474-7580

Centre director

Dr. Adele Perry is a distinguished professor of history and women’s and gender studies. She is a historian of colonialism and imperialism, transnationalism, gender, sexuality, racism and western Canada in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Perry has published On the Edge of Empire: Gender, Race, and the Making of British Columbia, 1849-1871, Colonial Relations: The Douglas-Connolly Family and the Nineteenth-Century Imperial World and Aqueduct: Colonialism, Resources and the Histories We Remember. She co-edited People’s Citizenship Guide and four volumes of Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women’s History. Applying a historical perspective to contemporary human rights issues, Perry has challenged racism in health-care delivery and in her own profession, along with barriers to library access for people who are homeless. From 2003 to 2014, Perry held a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair and she is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and past president of the Canadian Historical Association.

She can be reached at 204-474-8107, 440 Robson Hall.


Dr. Pauline Tennent (she/her) is a settler scholar who has worked for the past ten years exploring issues relating to reconciliation, settler colonialism, social movements, and social justice. In particular, she has worked with young people to explore their understandings of health and equity, their access to healthcare, their experiences in the workplace, and their experiences of migration and settlement. Pauline has a Masters in Social Sciences from the University of Glasgow, and a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Manitoba. Her PhD explored how educators in Manitoba understand and experience Indigenous and settler relationships in Canada. Before joining the Centre, Pauline worked with IN●GAUGE at the College of Nursing, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and the Arthur V. Mauro Institute for Peace and Justice.

Pauline can be reached at 204-474-6156, 442 Robson Hall.

Office assistant

Denise McInnes helped set up the Manitoba Institute for Materials before joining the Centre for Human Rights Research in 2016 in a part-time position. She previously worked as an office assistant for the chemistry department for 9 years and for Standard Aero for 11 years as a customer service specialist and export compliance officer. Denise is a certified geological technician, an active grandmother and community volunteer. Her usual office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings.

Denise can be reached at 204-474-6453, 438 Robson Hall.

Speakers bureau

Human rights speakers bureau co-ordinator Victoria Davies is a law student at the University of Manitoba. She completed an honours BA in sociology and religious studies before attending law school. Davies facilitates biweekly workshops at Elmwood High School with a group of Grade 8 girls on topics such as female empowerment and self-esteem. She also volunteers at William Whyte School with the Indigenous Youth Outreach Program to teach young people about criminal law and help them conduct a mock trial at their school. Davies has also been a research assistant for Prof. Busby’s projects on campus sexual violence and surrogacy.

Student assistants

Amy Jackson is from Opaskwayak Cree Nation and is a master’s student in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. Her background is in history, social science and Aboriginal and Northern Studies. Amy’s interests include prairie Indigenous history and storywork. For her master’s thesis, she will study the legacy of the File Hills Colony in Saskatchewan, led by the surviving family members of colonists. Amy is working with CHRR on issues related to anti-Indigenous racism.


Betel Belachew is in the final year of her BA in sociology, with a minor in women’s and gender studies. She co-founded the grassroots organization Justice 4 Black Lives Winnipeg and was an active member in the UMSU Ethiopian-Eritrean Students Association and Spanish Club. Belachew has also volunteered in Indonesia for school construction and teaching. She is passionate about immigration issues, as she experienced Canada as a newcomer with her parents. During the summer of 2021, Belachew will be conducting research on the safety of Indigenous women and two-spirit people when using public transit in western Canada.


Bolloite Offor is a second-year Master of Laws student at the Robson Hall Faculty of Law. Her thesis focuses on the influence of feminist interveners on the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in R v Barton. Bolloite’s interests include social justice, minority rights, creative arts, and foreign languages. Bolloite loves to write poetry as a means of self-expression and therapy. Her research work with the Centre for Human Rights Research focuses on the militarization of Indigenous people. The report following Bolloite’s research term with the CHRR will inform the work of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the rights of Indigenous people.


Corey Petsnik is a PhD student in social psychology at the University of Manitoba. He maintains the Centre for Human Rights Research Twitter feed and Facebook page and assists with the centre’s website. His master’s research evaluated how witnessing ostracism affects observers’ views of human nature and their antisocial inclinations.


Hannah Bowers is a first-year undergraduate student and intends to major in Political Studies and minor in French at the University of Manitoba. She is interested in intersectional politics, environmental justice, and the state’s role to protect and empower marginalized communities. Hannah is striving towards becoming a lawyer for human rights. During the summer of 2021, she will be researching the role of public transit in the lives of Indigenous women and Two-Spirit Plus people in Western Canada with the CHRR.


Kayla Lariviere is currently a student at Robson Hall. Before attending law school, she earned a BA with a double major in Criminology and Native Studies from the University of Manitoba. She is a proud Indigenous woman committed to the advancement of reconciliation by immersing herself in the community both on and off the university campus. Through her work, she has been recognized with an Emerging Leader Award, and as a trailblazer from the Indigenous Student Awards of Excellence. Kayla is joining the CHRR team this summer as an Indigenous Intern.


Sarah Hourie is a Métis master’s student in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba. Her interests include identity politics, intersectionality and the microaggressions Indigenous women experience while navigating colonial spaces. Sarah intends to examine the implications of state-administered policies on the everyday lives of Indigenous women in both urban and rural communities. Hourie is conducting research on the safety of Indigenous women and two-spirit people when using public transit in western Canada during the summer of 2021.